Blue Origin Gives First Public Presentation

Gary Lai of Blue Origin gave the company’s first public presentation at the Next Generation Space Researchers Conference in Boulder yesterday. The secretive Kent, Wash.-based company – founded by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos – is developing its New Shepard vehicle for suborbital missions.

Jeff Foust posted notes on the presentation via Twitter. The key points include:

  • Crew of 3 or more for flights of 325,000 feet with rapid turnaround;
  • Propulsion module and crew capsule designed to separate before landing;
  • New Shepard doesn’t necessarily look like earlier Goddard vehicle;
  • About 3 minutes of microgravity time on each flight.